Mar 5, 2013 6:30 PM by JD Downing

Public input needed to protect the Gunnison Sage Grouse

DENVER (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to give people more time to comment on a proposal to list the Gunnison sage grouse as endangered.

The agency has proposed designating 1.7 million acres in southwest Colorado and southeast Utah as critical habitat for the bird, which is related to the greater sage grouse.

Members of the congressional delegations for both states had asked for a 60-day extension in the comment period, which originally was set to close March 12. U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesman Steve Segin (SAY'-gihn) tells The Daily Sentinel it's unclear if the agency can extend the deadline or if it will have to open a new comment period, but the agency plans to give people three more weeks to weigh in.

Click here for more information on the Gunnison Sage Grouse or here for info on its endangered status.


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